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Why have private static methods?

I just wanted to clear up a question I have. What is the point of having a private static method as opposed to a normal method with private visibility? I would have thought an advantage to having a ...
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Make methods that do not depend on instance fields, static?

Recently I started programming in Groovy for a integration testing framework, for a Java project. I use Intellij IDEA with Groovy plug-in and I am surprised to see as a warning for all the methods ...
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Why prefer non-static inner classes over static ones?

This question is about whether to make an inner class in Java static or not. I searched around here and on StackOverflow, but couldn't really find any questions regarding the design implications of ...
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When to use a Singleton and when to use a static class [duplicate]

I've searched about this here and on StackOverflow and found some differences between the two. But I'm still not sure in what cases one would prefer a Singleton, and in what cases one would choose to ...
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Significant amount of the time, I can't think of a reason to have an object instead of a static class. Do objects have more benefits than I think? [closed]

I understand the concept of an object, and as a Java programmer I feel the OO paradigm comes rather naturally to me in practice. However recently I found myself thinking: Wait a second, what are ...
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Why are inheritance and interfaces restricted to instance members?

Disclaimer: I think the rules are almost the same in most OO languages, but since I'm most familiar with C# I'll be relating to this specific language. I think that the use of attributes and ...
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Why shouldn't an object reference have access to a static member in C#

Context of my question: I am reading C#. Trying to understand Static keyword. I understand that when Static is applied to a member of a class, it can only be modified by the class and not the class ...
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When to used static visibility? [duplicate]

I can't attain the primary used of Static Visibility. My question is why they used static method & properties in this code? class PassHash { // blowfish private static $algo = '$2a'; ...
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Use a global variable, a singleton, or something else

Preface: I am working in PHP (Abandon hope all ye who enter here). Background: There exists a large set of global functions in PHP, a number of which are miscellaneous system calls, like sleep (and ...